BBYO Passport: Israel Journey Plus

Washington, DC

Overview

Extend the core Israel Journey program with an enrichment week. During the first part, participants choose from either a "Sea-to-Sea Hike" or a "Culture & Innovation Tour." The second part of the week is dedicated to living in and supporting a local community through a series of service projects.

Join teens from around the world on a once-in-a-lifetime summer in Israel. Israel Journey is a three-week cross-country experience from the Golan Heights in the north to the tropical Red Sea in the far southand everything in between. Along the way, we walk in the footsteps of Jewish history, experience the vibrancy of modern Israeli culture, and connect with Israels colorful society.

The program includes visits to all of Israels most important sites ancient Jerusalem, contemporary Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Negev Desert, the Dead Sea and the heights of Masada. We also make time to experience Israels off-the-beaten-path charm -- enjoying a bonfire on the beach, taking part in an active archeological dig, sampling unique Middle Eastern cuisine, and participating in the re-birth of Israel by planting a tree in a new forest.

The Israel Journey experience is more than just a tour. It is also about discovering the meaning of contemporary Zionism, exploring our Jewish identity from an Israeli point of view, delving into the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics, and connecting to our Jewish soul through a series of meaningful community service and spiritual experiences. Join us on the journey.

What Makes it Plus

Israel Journey Plus is a 4-week program that includes a week-long elective and service learning component designed to share a different side of Israel with you:

PART 1: Choose Your Own Path - Choose between a Sea-to-Sea Hike or a Culture & Innovation Tour":

Sea-to-Sea Hike: Hike from the Mediterranean Ocean to the Sea of Galilee on your own two feet. Cross through the lush canyons and mountaintops of the Galilee, camping out under the stars all along the way (all gear is provided). Learn how to navigate and survive in the wilderness like our ancestors did, explore Israels most scenic terrain, visit picturesque villages on the route, and connect to the beauty of the land in a way that few ever do. Most important? Gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you will cherish for years to come.

Culture & Innovation Tour: Discovering the cultural, technological, and environmental innovations that have made Israel a world leader. Meet with the founder of Mifalot: Sport for Education, Development and Peace. Attend a moving theater production staged by deaf and blind actors at Nalaga'at. Visit an ocean water desalination plant to learn how Israel is addressing persistent water shortages. Explore a new and thoroughly modern side of Israel on this Tel Aviv-based experience.

PART 2: Service Learning - The second part of the enrichment week is devoted to community service. In some cases, the service may be focused on a single project, and in other cases it may be a series of different service projects each day. Activities may include preparation and delivery of meals for the hungry, volunteering at a domestic abuse center, building wheelchairs and crutches for disabled and elderly Israelis, bringing the gift of company and song to children needing medical attention, working with disadvantaged children to learn English, and working with the Jewish National Fund to restore Israel's forests. Depart Israel with a sense that you not only visited, but gave something back as well.

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